THE CHALLENGE XXX – EPISODE 15 – BREAKDOWN AND FANTASY SCORING

It’s the final redemption… doo-doo-doo doo-doo!!! And before the battle, CT brings everyone together for a little Team Redemption cheer.

The Challenge XXX – Team Redemption House – Ep15

Episode 15 – Series #371

Title: A Million More Reasons

T.J. introduces us to the last Redemption Challenge. The Redemption players are going to pop their heads out of holes in a giant board and look up to read a code that will unlock a puzzle piece that needs to be solved. The “main house” competitors can walk around and whack ’em on the head with rubber hammers like they’re in a cartoon or something.

One girl will win and return to the game, while two guys will win and come back, thanks to Nelson getting kicked off.

The girls go first and the guys can’t watch. Jemmye is pumped that it’s not running, while Cara Maria is mad it’s not boxing.

The Challenge XXX – Unnamed Last Redemption Game – Ep15

T.J. blows the horn and it’s on. The whack-a-mole element provides a bit of distraction to the redemption seekers trying to read the board, but doesn’t seem too significant. Cara Maria is getting bopped a lot, as she should be because she’s the girl to beat. She’s not pleased by this.

Even with her anger, Cara Maria is focused and learns her numbers. She unlocks her puzzle first, then Britni, then Jemmye. Cara Maria is in the zone, while Britni is singing a song to herself out of nerves or something and she’s not doing well. The singing is distracting Veronica. But it doesn’t matter. Cara Maria is on it and wins (5 points). She’s excited and relieved.

Guys are next. They seem distracted by the competitors from the main house hitting them in the head. CT unlocks his puzzle first, followed by Jordan. Leroy is out, but he doesn’t have his code right and the puzzle doesn’t unlock. It’s just CT and Jordan working their puzzles for a while. CT wins (5 points) easily. Bananas finally gets his puzzle pieces unlocked, but Jordan finishes, winning the second spot back (5 points).

T.J. sees the final ten people and says the game is about to change.

The Challenge XXX – Cara Maria vs. Jordan – Ep15

At a night out at an Italian restaurant, it’s high school clique seating. Cara Maria and Camila are on end of the table while Kailah, Jenna and Tori are on their end. They have a weird talk about when they are going to talk. Jordan laughs at this ridiculousness. He finally breaks and calls out Cara Maria for her weird passive aggressiveness. Jordan and Cara Maria argue enough that it’s verbal fight (10 points each).

Hunter’s wrist is throbbing and his fingers hurt, he’s going back to the doctor.

Back at the house, Kailah and Cara Maria talk. Cara Maria wants to know why Kailah voted her in. Kailah doesn’t know why she needs to explain herself, but they kinda let it go because there are only five left, so there’s no time for alliances now… beyond what we know, which is that Cara Maria and Camila are there for each other and Kailah and Jenna are there for each other.

Hunter’s medical advice is to lay off for three weeks, but he doesn’t want to quit.

At the challenge, T.J. reveals that they’re not playing for $350,000. They are playing for their share of $1 million. We’ve known this the whole time, so it’s not the most exciting thing to watch, but the players are, as expected, pretty pumped.

And this is the second purge. It’s not much of a purge, though. In guy-girl teams, they will play X Marks the Spot. The top two winning teams will be be in the final. The bottom three pairs will be at risk of going home with nothing.

They get to pick their own teams. CT and Cara Maria team up, buddies Tony and Jenna, Hunter and Kailah (even though they dislike each other), Tori and Jordan (since Jordan seems to be a Tori fan) and Derrick (RR) and Camila (who kinda just ended up together).

The teams will race to a line of crates then roll their color crates to a designated area where they will open the box and take out a bunch of ropes to bring to another checkpoint.

The Challenge XXX – X Marks the Spot Challenge – Ep15

Jordan is way ahead.He works well with Tori and they keep moving.

By the time they get to the boxes, Tony & Jenna and Derrick (RR) & Kailah have fallen behind. Hunter’s not in the best position to use a crowbar on a box because his wrist/hand is messed up and it seems to take way too long for them to realize Kailah should try to handle this component of the challenge. Meanwhile, Tony simply can’t do it.

Jordan & Tori make it to Stage 3 first. They have to connect ropes to equal numbers in the middle so that they may dig. Camila & Derrick (RR) show up next. Cara Maria & CT aren’t far behind, but they are stressed and bickering.

On their attempt at getting it checked, Jordan & Tori get the okay to dig. Cara Maria & CT are done next. The guys let the girls go ahead to stage 4 while they keep digging for their puzzle pieces. The final stage is individual and the goal is to put a puzzle together.

Camila & Derrick (RR) are digging and Derrick (RR) tells Camila to help dig because he wants to win, too.

The Challenge XXX – X Marks the Spot Challenge – Stage 4 – Puzzle – Ep15

CT finishes the puzzle first for the win (15 points). Cara Maria is done next and wins the girls side of this challenge (15 points).

Tori finishes next, winning the second spot in the final (15 points). Kailah and Jenna send their guy partners ahead to stage 4 because their game is done. Jordan finishes the puzzle to claim the second guy spot (15 points).

Derrick (RR) shows good sportsmanship, while Camila complains that Derrick (RR) didn’t let her go ahead to the puzzle.

Tori is so pumped, she cries (5 points).

For the six losers, two will join the others in the final. How? In a challenge we see next week, when the final will also begin.

Important note: Tony & Jenna were in last, even though Hunter has only one functional wrist/hand. Knowing basic math is a valuable skill.

Stray observations:

  • Good thing Tori notices that Jordan had a piece of his puzzle on the ground. Otherwise, Jordan may not have won.
  • That Redemption Challenge was not particularly exciting to watch. With that said, it was a prime challenge for someone to be able to beat Cara Maria and they couldn’t. Girls, you have to step up your game. This was your chance!
  • Jemmye thinks Bananas is cursed since he stole Sarah’s money on Rivals 3.  There have only been three challenges since Rivals 3: Invasion, Champs vs. Pros and Dirty XXX. That’s a small, but growing sample size. Let’s see if Jemmye can build this theory more next season, one that both her and Bananas are on.
  • If it’s true that Cara Maria wouldn’t have sent Kailah or Jenna to the Redemption House if she was in the same position, then Cara Maria is not smart.
  • Besties Jenna and Kailah have stuck together this whole time, but only one will make the final.
  • From the preview for next week, the “snake your way back into the challenge” where they are hanging up high and seemingly using their hands to move themselves with a rope is not promising for Hunter and his busted wrist/hand.

Stuff on Twitter:

  • I guess there’s something to the comment that Tori thinks Jordan is sexy? Cause… this.

Episode 15 scores shown below:

The Challenge XXX – Ep15 Scores

A link to the excel score spreadsheet is here: The Challenge XXX – Ep15 Scores

Best player performance of the episode: Cara Maria and Jordan (30 points)

Worst player performance of the episode: Lots of people (0 points)

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